Basil Peters is an M&A advisor, exit coach and angel investor. After being an investor for a couple of decades he finally realized that successful investing requires two things: making the right investments and getting your money back. The most fun Basil's had as an entrepreneur, and an investor, are when companies are successfully sold.
Dr. Peters is the principal of Strategic Exits Corp, a firm specializing in optimum exits for technology companies. He is also fund manager for Fundamental Technologies II - an angel fund. Basil founded a venture capital firm and a hedge fund, and has been a CEO in Vancouver and Silicon Valley.
Basil writes a blog on exits at www.Exits.com/Blog.
His first book: Early Exits - Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists) was named one of The Ten Best Business Books of the Year by Inc Magazine.
Basil is a Fellow of the Angel Resource Institute where he donates his time toward furthering angel investor education.
He has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada Awards Silver Medal in Entrepreneurship, BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal and Business Leader of the Year Award.
Steven Lukas, Associate Counsel, is co-chair of Harper Grey's Business Law Group. Known for his innovative and "out of the box" thinking and client focused solutions, Steve works closely with many private and several publicly traded corporations, providing general legal advice on a range of corporate matters.
He provides strategic counsel in the complex aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including divestitures and negotiated acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and contested corporate transactions. His practice covers most forms of transaction-oriented investment activity.
Steve has served as the Director and Chair of New Ventures BC Society and the Director and President of the BC Water Polo Association. He is a guest lecturer at the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC's "Buying and Selling a Business" course.
Prentice Durbin, Harper Grey
Prentice Durbin is Associate Counsel with the Firm’s Business Law Group. His practice involves advising both entrepreneurial and corporate clients at any stage, from early growth to large-scale businesses, in a wide variety of corporate/commercial and securities issues. In his practice, Prentice focuses on stimulating creativity and growth, helping businesses thrive, and providing counsel, guidance and practical solutions to his clients.
Prentice offers new and existing businesses with creative approaches to dealing with their legal issues. Whether Prentice is advising a client in the early or growth stages or in forming an exit strategy, he understands how to assist clients to achieve their goals. Prentice serves as counsel to both entrepreneurs and corporate clients in both the private and public sectors, advising on a wide range of securities and corporate/commercial issues.
Prentice assists clients in a sound and practical way to help them reach their business goals. He understands business operations, and service expectations.
Axel Christiansen, Renaissance Group
Axel brings over 20 years of M&A and Corporate Finance experience to Renaissance, serving as an integral member of the Mergers and Acquisitions division. With a career focused on serving small to mid-sized BC companies across a wide range of industries, Axel is routinely sought out by entrepreneurs seeking to successfully transition their businesses.
Prior to joining Renaissance, Axel was a founding member of Vancity Capital – the mezzanine financing division of Vancity Savings Credit Union. Subsequently he held the role of Managing Director for BDC Capital’s mezzanine financing group covering BC and the Yukon. In both positions he was actively engaged in structuring and negotiating merger and acquisition transactions. He also created the successful ‘Exit This Way’ and ‘How to Buy a Business’ seminar series’ which have provided entrepreneurs with diverse transition expertise for over 15 years.
Additionally, Axel is on the advisory board for a couple of local companies and is a past board member at Family Services of Greater Vancouver where he held the position of Treasurer and chaired the Fund Development Committee.
Jason Cheng, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Jason is a Tax Partner in the PwC BC practice. He assists his clients with income tax and SR&ED claim issues. Jason has also assists his clients with tax disputes and defending SR&ED claims under CRA review. Jason also previously facilitated the CICA In-Depth Tax program for 6 years.
Jason has extensive tax and SR&ED experience in many different industry sectors including computer software development, aerospace and defense, semiconductor design, biotechnology, manufacturing and mining.
Prior to practicing SR&ED, Jason spent several years at the CRA working as a senior tax auditor in their Vancouver office. He has a deep understanding of the CRA policies and has extensive experience working with the CRA.
Bob Chaworth-Musters, Angel Forum - Vancouver
Bob Chaworth-Musters has an extensive background in corporate and international finance plus investment management in Vancouver, the Middle East and London, England. In 1997, he started the ANGEL Forum, one of the largest & oldest angel groups in Canada and he is a Founding 100 Member of Canada's National Angel Organization and is a member of the US Angel Capital Association. At the Angel Forum, usually ~18+ pre-screened companies seeking equity funding up to $1 million, deliver "live" presentations to 50+ pre-screened investors.
Since 1998, Bob has organized 40+ full day Investor Ready workshops each for 50+ entrepreneurs, investors and advisors on Angel Venture Capital to more advanced topics such as Due Diligence, Valuation, Term Sheets, Post-Investment mentoring, Exit Strategies, Board Directorships and Market Research.
Since 2010, he has delivered 11 Investor Ready workshops throughout BC to 20 to 45 people each for Entrepreneurship@UBC, Accelerate Okanagan, BC Institute of Technology, Venture Kamloops as well as for MISTIC in Nanaimo, Northern Development Trust in Prince George, KAST in Nelson and OSTEC in Kelowna.